2Kings 17-20 recounts how that 25 year old Hezekiah took over the reign as King of Judah. King Hezekiah walked with God with a pure and whole heart. That is, he believed in God with his heart and with his soul. His heart and soul was therefore one with God as he did not mix the Word of God with deceptive spiritual manifestations and dreams and visions. Thus, he walked before God in truth, by rejecting the faith of the gods of the neighboring nations, which faith had infiltrated Israel.
1Cor. 8:4-6 (MKJV) tells us that: “… an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God except one. For though there are those who are called gods, whether in Heaven or in earth (as there are many gods and many lords), but there is to us only one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and we by Him.”
The mighty king Sennacherib of Assyria thought that his god, Nisroch (2Kings 19:37) was the true God – in 2Kings 18:25 he also declared this to King Hezekiah. King Hezekiah rebelled against Sennacherib and refused to serve him and his god. In so doing, he rebelled against Satan who is forever vying to be god over the people of God. Hence, Sennacherib was inspired by his god to war and destroy Judah. Judah’s food and water supply were cut off.
Being under siege will force even the most loyal and bravest warriors of a king to loose heart and surrender, because as warriors, they won’t have food for strength, and as fathers they won’t be able to feed their wives and kids. Thus, in 2Kings 18:14-16 we find that King Hezekiah had to enter into a plea bargain with his enemy. So, here we have a person coming up against a child of the true God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Whereas the child of God knew for sure that his God is the true God, Sennacherib, who was not a child of God, did not know that his god was not the true God.
However, Sennacherib had the upper hand – King Hezekiah was stripped of all his weaponry and finances (See 2Kings 18:14-16) and his food supply was cut off. So King Hezekiah did what every child of God would do – he prayed unto God for help and deliverance. But despite his unwavering faith and hope and prayers, Hezekiah became deadly ill. To crown it all, God sent His prophet, Isaiah, unto King Hezekiah with this message: “Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.”
In the face of damning circumstances and a prophecy of death over him, King Hezekiah persevered in prayer. In 2Kings 20:3 we find how that King Hezekiah pleads his case before his true God, praying: “I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.”
His heart and soul was one with his God and he had rejected the gods of this world, yet he found himself being hopeless and dying and without help from his God. And, he was not even able to go up to the House of God, the Church. Having believed in his God with his whole heart and with complete abandon, knowing that his God is the only true God, there was nothing left for King Hezekiah to do, except to weep in brokenness and dismay.
The Appearing of the Invisible God
But God will always deliver his elect. In 2Kings 20:5-6 the Word of God came to Isaiah: “Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD. And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.”
God is also known as the invisible God. 1Tim. 1:17 reads: “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Isa. 45:15 says: “Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.” The case with the Prophet Isaiah was the same as with King Solomon and is also the same with all believers in Jesus Christ. God appeared unto Isaiah when He called him to ministry. From then on Isaiah had to rely on the Word of God. This was also the case with the Prophet Jeremiah. In Christ Jesus this ministry has come unto all non-Jews.
God will appear unto you once – when you receive the Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ. This appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ unto you is to endow you with the knowledge of the Glory of God in Jesus Christ. Thereafter you have to rely on His Word, and not on dreams or visions as other faiths do. This has always been the way that God would work with His children. In the case of King Solomon, the Holy Spirit appeared unto him on two occasions. (See 1Kings 3:5; 9:2; 11:9) But King Solomon neglected the Word of God and dabbled in the spiritual manifestations of the gods of this world. This also meant that King Solomon did not ‘love the appearing of the Lord’.
To ‘love the appearing of the Lord’ is to reject all spiritual manifestations that are not in the Golden Light of The Glory of God which comes with the Clouds of Heaven and so keep the Word of God in a pure heart. In 1Tim. 6:14 (LITV) we are instructed to: “keep the commandment spotless, blameless, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ…” You keep the commandment (The Word of God) unstained by resisting the spiritual manifestations of the devil which produce the works of the flesh in your life. Thus, you will receive the crown of Glory which the Lord shall give unto all them also that love his appearing. (2Tim. 4:8)
The Answer to Your Prayer is Always Miraculous
So, after all those years of being under siege and being spurned by his enemies, as well as being sick unto death, King Hezekiah had a response from his true God. And having just heard from the Mouth of God that he would die, King Hezekiah wanted more than just the Word of God, to see if God is really serious about the prosperity of His elect, as He also purports in Ps. 35:27 saying: “…Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.” So King Hezekiah said unto the prophet Isaiah in 2Kings 20:8: “What shall be the sign that the LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house of the LORD the third day?”
In 2Kings 20:9, 10 the Word of God said unto Hezekiah: “This sign shalt thou have of the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing that he hath spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees? And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees.” What God is asking is whether King Hezekiah would want God to move the earth backwards or forward.
2Kings 20:11 reads: “And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the LORD: and he brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the dial of Ahaz.” The dial of Ahaz was a sundial, an ancient time clock. The construction of a sundial is without moving parts. So when the sun shines on the pointer of the sundial it would cast a shadow on the dial which in turn would indicate the time of day. The only way that the shadow on the dial can move backwards is for the earth to turn backwards on its axes as it moves around the sun. Thus, God backed up the earth ten degrees just to prove that He will perform His Word unto a child of His.
We can also read in 2Kings 19:35 (ISV) that “the angel of the LORD went out to the camp of the Assyrian army and killed 185,000 men…” And so God delivered His child Hezekiah from the onslaught of the devil who murderously came down on King Hezekiah just because King Hezekiah did not want to serve the servant of the devil.
If you do not keep the Word of God in a pure heart, you compromise your grace and salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ. And, you may very well be defeated by the devil. The onslaught of deceptive dreams and visions and confusing thoughts, as well as thoughts of predictions, may intensify in your heart. But, if you steadfastly resist the works of the devil and keep the Word of God in a pure heart, you can be assured that God will move heaven and earth to give you whatsoever it is that you may ask. As He says in Matt. 21:22: “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
God bless and Guide You.